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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Countdown - 4 days. Happy Solstice!


I have news for you:The stag bells, winter snows, summer has gone
Wind high and cold, the sun low, short its course
The sea running high.
Deep red the bracken; its shape is lost;
The wild goose has raised its accustomed cry,
Cold has seized the birds' wings;
Season of ice, this is my news

--9th century Irish

I am SO looking forward to the 'return of the light'!!! After our sunny morning, the clouds rolled in with a vengence and it looked like near-night by 3pm.

I did this painting as part of a series on The Celtic Tree Alphabet. Pine being one of my favorites. This particular 'tree' was based on my Uncle Bill, who actually raised Christmas trees for a living the latter part of his life. "O Christmas Tree" was his anthem - and we had to stand and put our hands over our hearts when we'd sing it. He died 4 years ago. I miss him still.

10 comments:

LisaOceandreamer said...

your art simply takes my breath away!
Happy Solstice!

muddy red shoes said...

Happy Solstice you lovely lady, thank you so much for my rescue package, what a suprise, it arrived at just the right moment, you are SO SO lovely.
This illustration is beautiful too.
xx

Rebecca Bush said...

Happy Solstice Tara!
I wish you could have been at the Christmas Revels this week~ it was very good to gather together and sing during this dark time of year.
Merry Christmas!

Chris.P said...

That's a lovely piece of work Tara. It's funny that that was the Oracle card that I frequently picked the other week and its 'advice' has promted my change in direction.

Have a happy Solstice and a prosperous New Year.

Chris
X

Joanna said...

I love all your christmas pictures. Happy christmas

Autumn said...

Happy Solstice to you and many blessings for the new year

Naturegirl said...

Tara this is absolutely beautiful..it speaks to me! I shall never look at a pine tree again without this image in my head! I now know why all my bird visitors LOVE hiding within the branches of the pine trees!

andrea said...

You have transferred your work ethic to your blog the last couple of days, Tara. This is a really heart-warming illustration. Have a lovely Christmas! And now, I have some sipping chocolate to visit...

Ash said...

18. Which do you prefer: giving or Receiving?
Giving – by far. I am a compulsive giver. Can’t seem to stop myself

Never a truer word did you speak! Thank you for the package of seasonal goodies - egg nog chocolate! Wow!

Have a lovely holiday time and thnak you for your thoughtfulness

One Crabapple said...

You blow me away
Your artwork is so good.

Love the Celtic Pine Guy ! Beautiful.

Hello up there to Uncle Bill - The Christmas Tree Man.
Four years is not that long ago but so very long ago , eh?

Merry Christmas...Love, S.